Portsmouth attractions team up to offer bumper America’s Cup visitor ticket

Last year's America's Cup  World Series event in Portsmouth Picture: Shaun Roster
Last year's America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth Picture: Shaun Roster
Bar staff Matt Shaw and Megan McEnroe at Drift on Hayling Island

Old boathouse offers cocktails with a twist and views over the sea

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SPINNAKER Tower bosses are offering a great way to watch this summer’s America’s Cup World Series.

Organisers of the Portsmouth sailing spectacle and the Spinnaker Tower have together created a visitor ticket for the weekend of July 22 to 24.

The £45 offer allows guests to start the day having breakfast in the tower’s Waterfront Cafe.

They can then browse shops in Gunwharf Quays before heading over to the World Series race village near Southsea Castle.

The village provides close-up views of the racing, and includes live commentary, entry to a technology zone and there will be appearances from sailors to complete the experience.

After the racing, guests who have bought the package can take a trip to the top of the tower for a celebratory glass of prosecco.

The tower’s general manager Sarah Webb said: ‘Our joint-ticket option combines a trip to our tower with the opportunity to enjoy a sailing spectacle, supporting Sir Ben Ainslie’s bid to bring the America’s Cup home.

‘It is fantastic to be working with Team Origin Events, organisers of The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, which is sure to be the most exciting event in Portsmouth’s calendar.’

For the ticket offer, go to spinnakertower.co.uk/

It comes after event officials revealed the World Series will feature the Blades Display Team, who will fly over the Solent as part of a packed family entertainment schedule.

Four high-performance planes flown by former RAF fast-jet pilots will perform a routine on the Saturday that includes more than 30 manoeuvres and features plenty of close-crosses and heart-stopping dives.

The Blades join The Red Arrows, who will bringing their distinctive squadron of nine red Hawk jets on Friday, July 22.

On the Sunday, it’s the turn of the Red Bull Matadors to wow the crowds, as they 
twist and turn at speeds of up to 250mph in a series of 
loops, dives and smoke displays.

Southsea Common will be free to visit, while spectators can buy tickets for the Race Village from acwsportsmouth.com/